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Recognition at Valley City State University strives to emphasize behaviors and actions supporting the mission, vision, and strategy of the University. The value of this recognition is demonstrated in University performance and excellence.

For six consecutive years, VCSU has been ranked either first or second in its category and has been North Dakota’s highest-rated Public Regional College. For 17 consecutive years VCSU has been recognized by U.S. News as a “Best College.” 

Formal Recognition

Recognition at Valley City State University is formally approached from many different perspectives: peer-to-peer, student-to-employee,and management-to-employee. Valley City State University intentionally recognizes and fiscally supports formal recognition by the following approaches:

Difference is ME Award
This award provides opportunity for staff members to recognize their peers 24 times over the course of the year. The award is by nomination to receive a small monetary award for demonstrating an immediate action or behavior reflecting the core values of VCSU.
--Sponsored and presented by Staff Senate

  • VCSU Core Values
    • Mission driven
    • Quality and integrity
    • Innovation
    • Community
    • Diversity
  • The Difference is ME Winners
    • Joseph Munowenyu
    • Jennifer Larson
    • Jan Drake
    • Connie Stavens
    • Tyler Tufte
    • Ray Nelson
Staff Member of the Quarter Award
This quarterly award provides opportunity for employees and students to recognize staff members by nominating them to receive a monetary award and campus-wide recognition by the President and Cabinet. The nomination and award recognize ongoing and continued actions or behaviors furthering the vision and mission of the University.
--Sponsored and presented by the Presidential Cabinet

  • Staff Member of the Quarter Winners
    • 2014 2nd Quarter - Kari Stricklin
    • 2014 3rd Quarter - Katie Sather
    • 2014 4th Quarter - Ray Nelson
    • 2015 1st Quarter – Alice Beauchman
Student Advocate of the Year
This recognition honors any individual or group that supports, sponsors, and promotes the actions, beliefs, and success of the VCSU student body.
--Presented by Student Senate

Student Employee of the Month
This award allows every supervisor of student employees an opportunity to nominate, once a month, a student employee who does superior work and is valuable to their work efforts. From the 9 monthly recipients of this award, a Student Employee of the Year is chosen.
--Sponsored and presented by the Office of Career Services

  • Student Employee of the Month Winners

    • October 2014 - Caitlyn Broden
    • November 2014 - Jenna Kolosky
    • December 2014 - Lyndsay Burns
    • January 2015 - Morgan Nalley
    • March 2015 - Jessica Georgeson
    • April 2015 - Allison Baasch
    • May 2015 - Courtney Pederson
Teacher of the Year
The award is given annually to a professor who shows dedication to the students of VCSU through innovative teaching methods and continued professional development both inside and outside of the classroom.
--Presented by Student Senate

Years of Service Awards
This recognition honors employees for their dedication in service to fulfilling the University's mission and vision.
--Presented by Staff Senate